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DAISY AWARDS

The DAISY Award
Honors Nurses Who
Exemplify Exceptional
Compassion and Skill
"As we discussed what to do in Patrick's memory, we knew
that first and foremost, we needed to say 'thank you' for the
gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as
we had experienced."

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Since DAISY's
inception in
1999, the award
has recognized
more than
75,000 nurses.

hospital stay may impose
fear and anxiety at a time when people
feel most vulnerable. But a positive
encounter, under the compassionate
and skilled care of an exceptional
nurse, can transform the experience.
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award
for Extraordinary Nurses recognizes nurses who consistently
demonstrate excellence in the delivery of patient and family
care, while exemplifying the values of extraordinary compassion, courage and integrity.
The award was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick
Barnes after his death, the result of complications from an
autoimmune disease called idiopathic thrombocytopenic
purpura. During his eight-week hospitalization, his family was
moved by the kind and expert nursing care they received.
"As we discussed what to do in Patrick's memory, we knew
that first and foremost, we needed to say 'thank you' for the
gifts nurses give their patients and families every day, just as
we had experienced," says his father, Mark Barnes.
In the 19 years since its inception, the award has honored
Barnes' memory by recognizing more than 75,000 nurses
chosen from over 800,000 nominations and 3,000 healthcare
facilities in the U.S. and 18 other countries.
Visit www.daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award for more
information.

Marco Gomez
Lexington, Kentucky
Marco Gomez, a
progressive care nurse
at UK HealthCare, was
honored with a DAISY
Award for caring for his
patient both physically
and emotionally.
After a diagnosis of
endocarditis, a Kentucky
man had a massive stroke.
As post-stroke hemiplegia
set in, his hope began to
dim.
"Left with nothing but
my thoughts, many miles
from home and in the grasp of a decade-long opioid addiction,
I had hit rock bottom," Gomez's patient admits. "Slowly realizing the consequences of the addiction, my mental health was
as broken as my body felt."
At the patient's darkest moment, Gomez helped him
rekindle the flame of hope by speaking with him like a close
friend and singing along to his blaring hard-rock music.
After almost three weeks with no direct sunlight, fresh air or
many visitors, "I wasn't always a pleasant patient, and Marco
got the worst of it," he says.
Still, Gomez came in on his day off and lifted his patient's
spirits by helping him shave, groom and dress for a muchneeded day out.
"Marco gave me the grand tour of the facility and treated me
to a book, Starbucks, Snickers bars and sunshine," he recalls.
After his adventure, he reflected on Gomez's unconditional
kindness and wept - overwhelmed with happiness.
"Marco did more than save my life," he proclaims. "He
encouraged me to finish my degree and showed me that love
and kindness are more powerful than my cynicism, hatred and
self-destructiveness, and
that I'm capable of using
my mind to make up for
my broken body."

Lauren Busch
Baltimore, Maryland
Nursing care extends
to the patient's family as
well.
Lauren Busch, a nurse
in the progressive care
unit at the University of
Maryland Rehabilitation
and Orthopedic Institute,
earned her DAISY Award
by caring for her patient
and his wife.

18 JUNE 2018 | AACN BOLD VOICES


http://www.daisyfoundation.org/daisy-award

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Bold Voices - June 2018

Urine
The Power of Possibility
Sepsis: What Nurses Can Do
New Sepsis Bundle From Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Understanding CERPs for Specialty Certification Renewal
In Our Journals
Transitions
America’s ‘Other’ Drug Problem Needs Attention
Effect of Haloperidol on Reducing Mortality
Transitional Care Nurses Can Reduce Admissions of Older Patients
ASHP Developing Standardized Medication Concentrations
Online AACN Course on Care of Older Adults
Hospital Programs Help Employees Cope With Traumatic Events
National Summit on Identification, Prevention and Management of Burnout
Barbershops Help Black Patrons Control Hypertension
Nurse Treats Himself for Myocardial Infarction Using Telehealth
We Have Consensus: TeleICU Continues to Evolve
Cooking Classes Help Patients With CHF
Beware of Chicken Nuggets — and Other Ultra-Processed Foods
Apple Watch Might Randomly Reboot in ICUs
Wound-Monitoring App Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
All Antidepressants Beat Placebo for Acute Major Depressive Disorder
Patients’ Online Search Trends
‘Timeout’ Reduces Medication Errors
Possible Link Between High Fitness and Reduced Risk of Dementia
DAISY Award Honors Nurses Who Exemplify Exceptional Compassion and Skill
Interviews With Two Acute Care Nurse Practitioners
Hiring for Cultural Fit
AACN Unveils Updated Online Pharmacology Course
Appreciating the Little Things
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Cover1
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Cover2
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Urine
Bold Voices - June 2018 - The Power of Possibility
Bold Voices - June 2018 - New Sepsis Bundle From Surviving Sepsis Campaign
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Understanding CERPs for Specialty Certification Renewal
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Transitions
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Effect of Haloperidol on Reducing Mortality
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Online AACN Course on Care of Older Adults
Bold Voices - June 2018 - National Summit on Identification, Prevention and Management of Burnout
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Nurse Treats Himself for Myocardial Infarction Using Telehealth
Bold Voices - June 2018 - We Have Consensus: TeleICU Continues to Evolve
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Bold Voices - June 2018 - Beware of Chicken Nuggets — and Other Ultra-Processed Foods
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Wound-Monitoring App Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Patients’ Online Search Trends
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Possible Link Between High Fitness and Reduced Risk of Dementia
Bold Voices - June 2018 - DAISY Award Honors Nurses Who Exemplify Exceptional Compassion and Skill
Bold Voices - June 2018 - 19
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Hiring for Cultural Fit
Bold Voices - June 2018 - AACN Unveils Updated Online Pharmacology Course
Bold Voices - June 2018 - Appreciating the Little Things
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